Issue: Fentanyl

“Enough fentanyl to kill San Francisco: the new wave of the opioid crisis sweeping California”

The Guardian

Fentanyl is 50 times more powerful than heroin and 100 times more powerful than morphine. As little as two milligrams (or two grains of sand) can kill within two minutes, and there are 5,000 milligrams in a teaspoon of fentanyl. The ingredients for fentanyl come mainly from China and are shipped to Mexico where the Mexican drug cartels manufacture it very cheaply in unregulated labs and then illegally import it into this state and throughout this country. Fentanyl is responsible for over half of the drug overdose deaths in California and is murdering over a thousand Californian children a year.

Fentanyl is responsible for over half of the drug overdose deaths in California

“Fentanyl Overdose Deaths in San Diego Spiked More than 200% During Pandemic”

NBC San Diego

Drug dealers are hiding lethal doses of fentanyl inside counterfeit painkillers or mixing it with traditional hard street drugs

To make matters worse, drug dealers are hiding lethal doses of fentanyl inside counterfeit and fake Oxycodone, Percocet, Valium, and Xanax pills (“fentapills”) or mixing it with traditional hard street drugs such as heroin, cocaine, meth, MDMA and even marijuana products such as honey oil to increase their profits per drug sale. Drug dealers then use social media, like Snapchat, to reach their victims, concealing from their victims that they are offering a potpourri of poisonous products masquerading as other drugs.

The Bottom Line

We must do everything we can to get fentanyl off the streets and bring fentanyl dealers and traffickers to justice.

Nathan has been a leading advocate for implementing “Alexandra notices”, which will require convicted fentanyl drug dealers to acknowledge that the manufacture and distribution of fentanyl is “extremely dangerous to human life,” and if in the future someone dies as a result of their continued actions, they can be charged with voluntary manslaughter or murder.

On March 23, 2021, legislators in the California State Senate failed to pass SB 350, by Senator Melissa Melendez, which would have required “Alexandra notices” statewide.

The purpose of the ‘Alexandra notice’ is to deter first-time fentanyl dealers from becoming second-time fentanyl dealers, saving innocent lives. The failure of California politicians to stop the spread of fentanyl and save lives is unacceptable. I am calling on our District Attorneys to step up where Sacramento has let us down. Instituting ‘Alexandra notices’ is a critical first step in getting fentanyl off the streets.

Nathan Hochman

In spite of Sacramento’s failure to act, Nathan sent a letter to every District Attorney in the state asking for the policy change at the county level and providing additional information about the issue.

Since then, Nathan has partnered with El Dorado District Attorney Vernon Pierson, Yolo County District Attorney Jeffrey Reisig, Riverside County District Attorney Michael Hestrin, and San Luis Obispo District Attorney Dan Dow, among others, to implement the “Alexandra notice” policy for their counties.

As Attorney General, Nathan will continue this work to get fentanyl off the streets and hold those accountable who have spread this poison throughout our communities.